2012-09-20 - Day 3 update
At this year's Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo, wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) is on the minds of many airlines visiting Rockwell Collins' exhibit. According to Duc Huy Tran, director of Cabin Systems Marketing, this capability makes sense for some airlines, especially low-fare carriers and airlines seeking additional ways to reach customers throughout their journey.
Earlier this year, Rockwell Collins announced an IFE deal with Thomas Cook Group that includes supplying Wi-Fi-enabled content applications and Web pages. This solution will give Thomas Cook passengers access to onboard content, such as information about destination points.
"The use for wireless applications like we're providing Thomas Cook certainly has its advantages for their business, but it may not necessarily apply to all airlines," said Tran. "Airlines have an unprecedented opportunity for tailoring cabins to meet passenger expectations and this is where we feel we have a great advantage."
The advantage Tran is referring to is Rockwell Collins' PAVES™ 3 IFE system, the most versatile on the market and one that puts airlines on a path for future upgrades, such as wireless.
"With PAVES 3, airlines can select full in-seat video, a hybrid of in-seat and overhead video, and we can complement any scenario with the ability to leverage personal devices," Tran added. "‘We feel that each airline is unique and work with customers to find a solution that makes the most sense for their individual mission."
Rockwell Collins is demonstrating its PAVES 3 IFE at its APEX Expo exhibit, #445.
Pictured above: Duc Huy Tran, director of Cabin Systems Marketing for Rockwell Collins.
2012-09-19 - Day 2 update
Rockwell Collins is celebrating 30 years of its market-leading Airshow® Moving Map system this week at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
"It's amazing how far we've come when comparing our first [Moving Map] system to our latest Airshow solution, which engages passengers with stunning, interactive graphics to take flying to a new level of fun," said Dave Austin, vice president and general manager of Cabin Systems. "We're very proud of this significant milestone."
Founded in 1980 by two California businessmen – one a general avionics salesman and the other an avionics engineer with a background in developing navigation systems for the aerospace industry – Airshow's initial focus was on lightweight video entertainment systems suitable for small, corporate aviation aircraft.
The company was acquired by Rockwell Collins in August 2002 and, over the years, has seen its product line evolve considerably. Today, more than 12,500 aircraft – air transport and business aircraft – have installed Airshow systems.
Pictured above: Dave Austin, vice president and general manager of Cabin Systems at Rockwell Collins, interacts with the company's new Airshow iPad app at the product's demo station at APEX 2012.
2012-09-18 - Day 1 update
The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo is under way for 2012! The four-day expo draws companies from all over the world that specialize in air transport cabin system technology as well as many major airlines from across the globe. For Rockwell Collins, that means showcasing its innovative products, including versatile and reliable PAVES™ 3 in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and its Airshow® 3D Moving Map.
APEX attendees are encouraged to stop by Rockwell Collins' booth (#445) to schedule time to learn more about Rockwell Collins' air transport cabin offerings.
Pictured above: Rockwell Collins' Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo exhibit in Long Beach, Calif.
2012-09-14 - Rockwell Collins touts versatility of its PAVES™ IFE family and celebrates 30 years of its Airshow® Moving Map at APEX 2012
At this year's Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Rockwell Collins will tout the versatility of its PAVES™ family of in-flight entertainment (IFE). Its latest offering, PAVES™ 3, allows airlines to select a full high-definition (HD) in-seat video solution or a hybrid of in-seat and overhead monitors, and the ability to leverage personal devices with both scenarios.
"Airline passengers are expecting more and more when it comes to IFE systems. They not only expect the service to be available, but want to have access to the latest in entertainment technology," explained Dave Austin, vice president and general manager, Cabin Systems for Rockwell Collins. "This will continue to be a hot topic at APEX 2012 and one that we're well equipped to address, especially with our PAVES 3 offering, which offers a reliable, safe and cost-effective system for airlines."
Austin added that that the role of wireless IFE in the cabin is a topic of growing importance for airlines that Rockwell Collins is prepared to address with customers by helping them understand when its use is advantageous. The company is also exhibiting its market-leading Airshow® Moving Map system, now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
"We're proud of this significant milestone for Airshow," said Austin. "It's amazing at how far we've come when comparing our first system to our latest Airshow solution, which engages passengers with stunning, interactive graphics to take flying to a new level of fun."
- Rockwell Collins will be posting daily APEX 2012 updates at http://www.rockwellcollins.com/news_and_events.
- Journalists and the public can also connect with the company through its social channels via @RockwellCollins Twitter feed and Facebook fan page.
- Press kits will also be available onsite at the Rockwell Collins exhibit.
APEX attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth (#445), or schedule a formal visit by contacting Clare Josey to learn more about Rockwell Collins' IFE and cabin management solutions including:
- Rockwell Collins' PAVES 3 is the only single-aisle digital IFE system to offer customizable cabin configurations. Airlines can select from a variety of overhead and in-seat monitor combinations throughout the aircraft. The HD on-demand, in-seat solution maximizes passenger and operator satisfaction with a vast range of innovative features powered by a robust operating system.
- Passengers can connect their mobile devices to the PAVES 3 system to access their personal content, such as movies and games, and view it on the HD in-seat monitors. The intuitive touch-screen user interface enables an at-home, on-demand experience.
- Other innovative capabilities of the PAVES 3 in-seat monitors include an operating system that supports applications from numerous sources, flexible content storage that suits individual airlines' needs, a quick-release mechanism for easy maintenance, live updates from digital news sources and magazines, and real-time monitoring through remote diagnostics.
- The PAVES 3 system builds upon Rockwell Collins' industry-leading PAVES portfolio which is installed on more than 2,000 aircraft, and provides dramatic reductions in size, weight and power consumption compared to traditional server-centric architectures. The system is available as a forward-fit option or can be installed as an upgrade to existing PAVES 2 systems to bring in-seat capabilities to those aircraft.
- Rockwell Collins' enhanced Airshow 4200D 3D Moving Map system includes a new graphical design that utilizes NASA's Blue Marble map data, which is based on actual satellite imagery, to provide a modernized view of real-time flight information to passengers. Extensive features and performance enhancements not only deliver unparalleled 3D graphical realism, but also add even more new capabilities to what is already the industry's most popular moving map system. Features and performance enhancements include:
- A global map package that provides major improvements in detail and coverage worldwide
- Innovative time and flight status displays
- Realistic day and night views on all 3D maps
- A head-up display view designed to offer a pilot's-eye perspective of the flight
Digital Media Reproducer
- Rockwell Collins' Digital Media Reproducer is a form-fit-function, digital head-end replacement for video tape reproducers (VTRs).
- The plug-and-play unit offers a quick solution for modernizing the cabin IFE without overhauling the entire system. It addresses the need for airlines to move to a more reliable, higher-quality digital platform while mitigating decreasing hi-8 cassette availability.
Field Support Services
Rockwell Collins' global network of more than 80 locations provides repair and overhaul of avionics and cabin equipment for more than 6,000 commercial, business, corporate and military operations. Additional logistics capabilities include on-board services, service parts, training and simulator systems and services, technical information services and technical services.
About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.
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